Warmup & Cool Down

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Winter Horse Care

Equine nutrition, hydration, exercise, blanketing, and respiratory health can be concerns as temperatures dip.

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Normal Vital Signs in Your Horse

The time to pull out the thermometer and stethoscope to check your horse’s temperature, pulse (heart rate), and respiration (TPR) for the first time is not when he’s looking a little puny and you and the veterinarian are on the phone trying to decide whether it’s an emergency. Instead, these baseline measurements should be part of a horse’s routine care.

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider?s seat affects the forces acting on a horse?s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna?s

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Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere’s “reversed” order of seasons–winter in Australia is summer in North America–the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just that: the good old summertime.

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Winding Down

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse–if you do it correctly.

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Coping With the Heat

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat–sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour have been reported during exercise in hot conditions.

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Warming Up to the Idea

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse’s mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance

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Eventing’s Short and Long Formats Compared

Three-Day event horses performing the short format endurance portion of an event and horses completing the conventional long format experience a similar amount of stress, according to a recent study. The public has speculated on whether or not

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Winter Riding

Give your horse longer warm-up and cooling-out time in cold weather to prevent tendon injury. Frozen ground, cold temperatures, and stiff tendons (not warmed up) can result in damage or even a bowed tendon.

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Stretching Out the Kinks

There’s nothing like a good stretch–when you wake up in the morning, during breaks at work, or before and after your workout. In human physiology, we know about stretching and its benefits for the athlete. Many practitioners and physical

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